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USCIS Honors the Men and Women of the U.S. Armed Forces

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Posted by Alejandro Mayorkas

Standing Proud With Our Newest Citizens, Honoring Our Veterans

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Seventy-two service members from 24 countries were sworn in as new U.S. Citizens during the 7th Annual All-Military Veterans Day ceremony aboard the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California on November 10, 2010.

Today is Veterans Day, a day reserved to express our solemn and immeasurable appreciation for the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. We recognize the sacrifices that service members make each and every day for our great nation, sacrifices that are to be forever honored. That in America volunteers enlist in service of our country is a unique source of pride. The principles of freedom, justice, and equality form the foundation of our nation. Immigrants not yet citizens have joined our military and served with distinction alongside citizens in defense of these principles.

Yesterday I was proud to address 75 members of the military who are becoming naturalized citizens on the deck of the USS Midway in San Diego, California. (Read more - click here)


USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas presented new U.S. citizens with their Certificates of Naturalization as part of the 7th Annual All-Military Veterans Day ceremony aboard the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California on November 10, 2010.




U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services sent a team of immigration officers to Camp Victory, Iraq to complete the naturalization process for more than 50 non citizens deployed to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn. This is the third time in 2010 that USCIS officers have traveled to Iraq to naturalize members of the military. Here are some of their stories.